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That Uncertain Feeling (1941)

Passed | | Comedy | 20 April 1941 (USA)
A psychoanalyst causes a woman to doubt her happy marriage.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Donald Ogden Stewart (screenplay), Walter Reisch (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Merle Oberon ... Jill Baker
Melvyn Douglas ... Larry Baker
Burgess Meredith ... Alexander Sebastian
Alan Mowbray ... Dr. Vengard
Olive Blakeney ... Margie
Harry Davenport ... Jones
Sig Ruman ... Kafka (as Sig Rumann)
Eve Arden ... Sally Aikens
Richard Carle ... The Butler
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Storyline

Against her better judgement, happily married Jill Baker is persuaded to see a popular psychoanalyst about her psychosomatic hiccups. Soon, she's disillusioned about husband Larry; and one day in the doctor's waiting room she meets pianist Alexander Sebastian, who's even more confused than she is. Can this marriage be saved? Larry has a plan that is pure Lubitsch... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

20 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernst Lubitsch's That Uncertain Feeling See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the indifferent reception the film received, the cast treasured its experience with director Ernst Lubitsch and the atmosphere he created on set. Burgess Meredith enjoyed working on the production and years later recalled, "I don't know when I had a better time in my whole career than during that period." Of Lubitsch, Meredith said, "He was very psychic. I'd fall down laughing because right away he'd improvise, in the middle of a scene he was doing for me, some very personal thing about my life, with his big cigar in his mouth, and he knew I'd come over and say, 'How did you know about that?' and he'd say, 'I have ways of knowing.' " See more »

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When Jill first goes to see Dr. Vangard, as he starts to sit down at his desk, his left hand is on the arm of the chair. In the next shot, still in the process of sitting down, his left hand is now up on his desk. See more »

Quotes

Jones: There's nothing wrong with your marriage. You just have to resell it once in awhile.
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The Happy Farmer (Opus 68 No.10)
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Hiccups and Keeks
28 January 2005 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Enjoyed this Classic Comedy with outstanding veteran actors who must have had fun making this film way back in the 1940's. Merle Oberon,(Mrs. Jill Baker),"A Song To Remember",'45, had problems with her hiccups whenever she got upset about things in her life and also the fact that her husband use to poke (keek) her in the stomach, which greatly annoyed her. Jill took these problems to her physician, Alan Mowbray,(Dr. Vengard)," I Wake Up Screaming",'41, who finally found out a solution for her problems. Jill Baker also runs into a crazy pianist and artist, Burgess Meredith (Alexander Sebastian),"Rocky V",'90, who seems to stop her problems with hiccups. However, Jill's husband, Melvyn Douglas (Larry Baker),"Hud",'63, begins to become curious about her relationship with this artist, pianist and all crazy and wild sorts of situations start happening through out the picture. This is definitely a Classic comedy film and if you love to see Merle Oberon act in an entirely different role, this is a good film to view and especially if you are a fan of Modern Art.


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